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Not Rated
Copyright 1968 Image Ten Inc.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Ben - Our hero, he is deadly with any improvised weapon and displays more common sense than ten of the other characters. Unfortunately shot by an overzealous bunch of zombie hunters.
  • Barbra - Spends most of the film in shock, right after her wits return she ends up the main course.
  • Harry - Wormy little asshole (now there is some verbal imagery) who does not like playing second fiddle to Ben. Ends up with 30-30 bullets in his belly and head, plus Karen gnaws his arm off.
  • Helen - Harry's wife, not a whole lot of love in the marriage. Troweled to death by her daughter.
  • Karen - Harry and Helen's daughter, she was bitten by a zombie and unconscious most of the film until becoming a flesh eating monster.
  • Tom and Judy - Country couple. He is definitely a good old corn fed boy, plus an expert at driving pickup trucks. Both are turned into barbecue.
  • Johnny - Barbra's mean brother, he gets bounced off a gravestone early on and returns as a zombie.
  • Chief McClelland - Leader of the local zombie hunters, he has a belt with some very large bullets in it. (.50 cal?) Odd thing is, they would never fit his rifle.
  • The Zombies - Dead people brought back to life by radiation from Venus.

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The Plot: 

Any horror buff will instantly recognize this film, actually any respectable film buff should. Shot in black and white on a shoestring budget, it defined the modern zombie movie and set the stage for a bloom of Italian horror films.

Barbra and Johnny drive several hours to visit their father's grave. At the cemetery a frightening man attacks, after watching the zombie kill her brother Barbra realizes she still has feet and quickly beats them to an old farmhouse. This is our main setting, normally being confined as such is a warning sign to audiences, but not here. Soon the others are present and between the characters' interactions with each other, the zombies, and their meager sources for information (radio and television) you will never be bored.

The television delivers the only serious goof. Authorities were not organized until after dark, nor did they realize these were zombies until sunset was long past, so the report showing Chief McClelland and his men creates a paradox. Another question, where was the television hidden upstairs? Did the woman who owned the farmhouse unplug and hide it every night in a closet?

Tom, Judy, and Ben make an attempt to refuel the truck so everyone can escape, but after shooting the lock off the pump a stray torch sets the gasoline stream on fire. The truck explodes (providing the zombies with an impromptu cookout) as Ben flees back to the farmhouse and a confrontation with Harry. With the two dominant males at each other's throats the zombies break in. It is a grim ending, among the most depressing ever, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Make sure you bury your parents close to home.
  • Zombies are responsible for most cases of vandalism.
  • Do not mess with some guy who has a tire iron, especially if his adrenaline level is skyrocketing.
  • Funeral clothes are made from polyester.
  • A house is full of scrap wood if you are creative.
  • Zombies are insectivores.
  • Only men are useful in any sort of emergency.
  • Zombies love barbecue.
  • Entrails have the same entertainment qualities as Play Dough.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 8 mins - Yes, yes, you're on the other side of a glass window. I think this zombie was a mime before he died.
  • 10 mins - Barbra is running through rough fields with no shoes on. Can you say ouch?
  • 27 mins - You are wearing an overcoat, no wonder it is hot. Stupid whacked out woman...
  • 52 mins - Not very sturdy as doors go.
  • 59 mins - Radiation is bringing the dead back to life?
  • 76 mins - That is probably a raw cow liver and you sir are the man.
  • 79 mins - Here is the suspect TV footage.
  • 92 mins - Ben, I would not stick my head out that window...

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note nightdead1.wav Johnny: "They're coming to get you Barbra."
Green Music Note nightdead2.wav A radio broadcast about the epidemic.
Green Music Note nightdead3.wav Harry: "You're insane, the cellar's the safest place!"
Ben: "I'm telling you, they can't get in here."
Harry: "And I'm telling you, those things turned over our car."
Green Music Note nightdead4.wav Reporter: "Are they slow moving, Chief?"
Chief McClelland: "Yeah they're dead, they're all messed up."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Video Clipnightdead1.mpg - 2.4m
I'm coming to get you Barbra.

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Night of the Living Dead
Reply #33. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Anonymous
Believe it or not, this movie is public domain! You can watch it for free and hell, why not download it while you are there. Check it out
Night of the Living Dead
Reply #34. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by nks
OK, but how come the corpse Barbara finds in the house (creepy skeleton stuffed in the closet) never comes to life as a zombie?  The TV broadcast says that ALL who die from whatever cause since the time of the zombie's rising will come back as zombies.  So has the skeleton in the closet been dead too lnog to be affected?  This seems strange, because it seems as though the chouse was recently inhabited.  Any answers to this?
Night of the Living Dead
Reply #35. Posted on October 26, 2005, 07:43:02 PM by fishdog
Whats so great about Night is that through out it reveals the still living as the true monsters
Night of the Living Dead
Reply #36. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by scleris
"What's wrong with the 30th Anniversary Edition?"
What's wrong with it? I'll answer that last.

"George A. Romero was originally supposed to direct the new scenes, but he got tied up with another project."

Actually, Romero was never slated to direct, even if John Russo has given that impression in interviews over the years since the release/dismal failure of this hacked film.
Romero never gave his blessing or his directorial intentions.

"And Scott Vladimir Licina's new score was excellent."
Excellent seems pretty silly to me, but I'm not saying you're silly for enjoying it, honest. I like a lot of stuff that sucks. But Licina's a hack, at any point in his new 'score', the music is either irritating, derivative or just plain ineffective. The original's stock library score was far more effective.

"Okay, so the new scenes didn't mix in very well, but the original cut of the film is included on the disc as well (with Licina's excellent score as well)."
Again, excellent is in the ear of the be-hearer (?). And you're right, the new scenes didn't mix in well... at all.

"And it's still an interesting experiment. Too bad it didn't work. But it's still one of the greatest horror films of all time, and no matter what you do to it, it's still that same old classic."
Here I MUST agree, it IS a classic, and this experiment did NOT work. At all.
And here is what is wrong with this Edition.
People who did not see the original NOTLD before this hackneyed b.s. version came out MIGHT think THIS is the definitive version of the film.
If this film HAD been the one released in 1968, I highly doubt it would have retained any amount of the power and legend it surely holds now. It would never have become the classic we agree it is.
And the worst part is the arrogance and stupidity of Mssrs. Russo and Streiner, et al.
John Russo's been riding the wave (if you can call it that) of being a part of the original's creation ever since it was created, and thinks he has the right to dicker with it because of this conceit.
Which would be like my repainting the Mona Lisa because I helped build the frame. Or recutting the Beatles albums because I delivered the blank tapes to Capitol and Apple.
I'm not saying NOTLD is the Mona Lisa or The Beatles, but it IS pretty damned close to their level of status in popular culture, and for ANYONE, no matter how closely involved with the original, to screw it up is shameful and stupid.
I am still p**sed at George Lucas for his dickering with his OWN films, so even if Romero HAD been involved with this one, I'd still spit on it (lest anyone think I'm some starry-eyed Romero lover)...
If Russo and the Gang can't make a NEW film worth a damn (and even the most cursory glancing of Children of the Dead pretty much indicates their lack of real talent to do so), then they ought to hang up their lab cots and go home.
Leave our classics alone.
Re: Night of the Living Dead
Reply #37. Posted on January 07, 2007, 12:43:57 PM by Kevin
My all time favorite movie!!! The untampered one is an all time classic!!
Re: Night of the Living Dead
Reply #38. Posted on November 01, 2008, 09:54:37 PM by Woll
Only three drops? Really?
Re: Night of the Living Dead
Reply #39. Posted on February 17, 2009, 08:06:12 AM by chrisbg
My dad let me watch this when I was like 6 or something. Since then zombies have been a regular part of my nightmares.

Still an entertaining movie though.
Re: Night of the Living Dead
Reply #40. Posted on March 26, 2009, 07:48:34 PM by Principal L.B. Thrillkill
 hot You better bust your hind end to see this classic! Great reviews all around!!!! Father of modern Zombie movies!!!! LOVED IT!!!!!!
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